MSN: Nurse Educator
Nurse educators are in demand. In 2006, over 100,000 qualified applicants were turned away from undergraduate nursing programs, over 3,000 qualified applicants were turned away from master’s programs and 300 qualified applicants were turned away from doctoral programs primarily due to the critical shortage of nursing faculty. In addition, many faculty members will be retiring over the next 10 years and it is imperative that we begin now to prepare nurses to fill these positions.
The nurse educator specialty track prepares the R.N. to teach in a collegiate or health care setting. The student’s area of study incorporates a blend of theory and research with an emphasis on guided practice in the educator practicum. The required 180 hours of practicum work are completed in the student’s own community. In addition to working with a member of Graceland’s nursing faculty during the practicum, the student’s hands-on experience is monitored by a local preceptor.
The student’s area of study incorporates a blend of theory and research with an emphasis on guided practice in the educator practicum. The practicum is completed in the student’s own community. In addition to working with a member of Graceland’s nursing faculty during the practicum, the student’s hands-on experience is monitored by a local preceptor.
The School of Nursing offers the following recommendations for completion plan schedule options:
- Full-time Option (FNP 36 months; NE 28 months): flexible part-time or full-time employment with minimal to moderate personal and family obligations
- Part-time Option (FNP 52 months; NE 48 months): demanding part-time or full-time employment with moderate to high personal and family obligations
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree
Core Courses (22 s.h. required for all specialty tracks)
NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics 4 s.h.
NURS5121 Theory in Nursing 3 s.h.
NURS5141 Advanced Health Assessment 3 s.h.
NURS5142 Advanced Health Assessment Lab 1 s.h.
NURS5170 Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice 4 s.h.
NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology 4 s.h.
NURS6930 Application of Research for Best Practices 3 s.h.
NURS5650 Teaching Strategies 3 s.h.
NURS5660 Roles and Issues for Nurse Educators 4 s.h.
NURS6600 Assessment of Learning in Nursing Education 3 s.h.
NURS6620 Curriculum Development 4 s.h.
NURS6720 Nurse Educator Practicum 2 s.h.
NURS6810 Nurse Focused Practicum 2 s.h.
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